ANNOUNCEMENT - A W Green Shield Trial Dates

Randwick Petersham Cricket Club invite young cricketers to trial for our 2018/19 A W Green Shield U16

representative team. This competition is part of the NSW Premier Cricket competition for elite junior


Randwick Petersham are a proud Sydney based cricket club and have contributed to the growth and

development of grassroots and junior cricket. The Club is home to a number of former and current

Australian players. We also count Australian u19 Captain Jason Sangha and u17 Cricket Australia Captain

Mac Jenkins (2017/18 AWGS Captain).

Randwick Petersham Cricket is a family based club, with the largest geographical footprint in Sydney. All

our members are dedicated to uphold the Spirit of Cricket, which intrinsically links to our motto “TRUST –


To be eligible to trial, players must be under the age of 16 as of midnight 31st August 2018. Trials will be

held at the SCG from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on:

Monday 7th May 2018 / Monday 14th May 2018 / Monday 21st May 2018

Please arrive at 6pm each session to register.

All enquiries to be directed to Team Manager John Stewart 0419 788 608 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We are offering you the opportunity to purchase tickets to a special lunch with legendary Rugby League

coach and personality Phil Gould.

Tickets to the event on Friday, 22nd June – just two days before State of Origin II – are strictly limited.

Only 50 attendees will join us at Sokyo at The Star Sydney to hear from one of the country’s most

compelling and authoritative sporting figures. 

You have a short window, to secure your position at the lunch and hear Phil discuss his keys to success in sport and business.

John Stewart Chief Executive Officer 

From The Pavilion - Round 15 v Parramatta + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grade - Round 15 v Parramatta (1-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – UNSW and Sydney University

The Randy Petes headed into the final round of the regular season with the Top 4 Grades all a chance of advancing into the finals, in what would prove to be a decisive final day. Whilst 1s, 2s and 3s all needed victories and a helping hand, Fourth Grade sat in 6th spot as we took on a Parramatta Club with plenty of motivation. The Two Blues have had a fantastic season, topping the table in both First and Third Grades, as well as being in contention to claim the Club Championship, sitting in second position. Whilst we were sitting in tenth spot, three wins would consolidate that Top 10 finish, which would be a decent way to end the season if we couldn't claim any finals’ berths. Not only was it a big round for our finals’ chances, but also two of the all time greats of the Randy Petes were playing their final game together. Read below my tribute to those two players, as well as how teams and players fared in Round 15. 


Legends Bow Out With A Win 

Editors Note - Before going any further this week, I want to pay tribute to, in my opinion, the two greatest Randy Petes in the Club’s history in Rod Stafford and David Bourke, who retired together this Saturday at their spiritual home Petersham Oval. 

Rod has been one of the Club’s all-time great players, and I can honestly say, in my time playing and following this Club, he has been the most influential player the Club has had in terms of helping teams win games over a period of time in whatever grade he played. An outstanding leg spinner, a seriously under-rated batsman that knew his game, and a fantastic bloke and Captain to boot.

David Bourke might not have had the same numbers as Rod Stafford as a cricketer, however he was always a key contributor particularly in close games and his influence across the Club was on an equal footing on and off the field. The atmosphere he has cultivated in Fourth Grade over the past five or so years has been second to none, and I have seen first hand how much kids from his teams enjoy playing under his watch, and the spirit in Third and Fourth Grades this year is a big credit to both Rod and David alongside Ben Stares. Bourkey, despite being a larrikin with his love of a beer and punt, also has one of the best cricket brains in the business, and is a true cricket nerd. His efforts on and off the field have made him perhaps the most popular player I know in the Club’s history, to go with one of the most influential in Rod. 

As we all know they are both fantastic blokes, and I know these guys, despite hanging up the boots, will still be putting their energies into the Club in different ways, and making sure the spirit and culture of the Randy Petes is at the forefront of their minds. The cricketers I admired most playing with, were those who didn't care about individual records or accolades, but just loved getting 6 points, and Rod and David personified that, and I wish them the very best in retirement. 

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1st Grade - Parramatta v Randwick Petersham @ Old Kings Oval 

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Sangha, Chhibber, D. Sams, Kemp, Ayre, Eaton, Semple, West, Hemphrey

Result – Randwick Petersham 5/230 - 50 Overs (Kemp 83 n/o, Chibber 58. A.Sams 26, Everett 22) Defeated Parramatta 10/101 - 27.2 Overs (West 5/33-8, Semple 2/11-6, Ayre 2/23-4.4)

First Grade headed West for the final round of the season to take on 1st placed Parramatta, with everything still to play for. Sitting just one point behind 6th placed Gordon, we were 9th, with a host of teams in contention to make the final six on what was sure to be a frenetic final day. Boosting our chances significantly of a victory was the return of both Alex Kemp and Greg West from injury. Kemp has missed the past four games, whilst West has missed the majority of the season. 

Despite a dominant performance, and thumping bonus point’s victory, our boys fell agonisingly one point short of the Belvedere Cup Finals’ Series. We dominated this match against a finals’ bound team from start to finish, running out comfortable 129-run winners, after managing 5/230 from our 50 overs, and rolling the Two Blues for just 101 in 27.4 overs to claim all 7 points. 

Starring were ex-Captain Alex Kemp (83) and left arm paceman Greg West (5/33-8), who both played a huge role in the comprehensive victory. Kemp, batting from Number 6, smashed 83 not out from just 81 balls, including four 6’s, to elevate the Randwick Petersham innings. Kemp shared a 134-run fifth wicket partnership with Soumil Chhibber (58) who held the innings together with 58 from 92 balls. 

Greg West then ripped the heart out of the hosts’ batting order on his way to 5/33 from eight overs. West showed what he is capable of, and hopefully he can start next season fully fit. Both Semple (2/11-6) and Ayre (2/23-4.4) chipped in with a couple of wickets each, as we run amok, playing one of our best all-round games of the year in the final round. 

Unfortunately, in a very tightly contested final round, results went against us, and we finished one point behind sixth placed Sydney on 51 points in 9th spot. The ladder was unbelievable close this year, with 1st placed Campbelltown finishing on 58 points, and 12th placed Wests finishing on 43 points. Sadly for us, despite winning 8 matches and losing just 5, it marked the fourth season in a row that we have missed the finals by a point or so. 

Captain Sams wanted to pay a tribute to the coaching staff, team scorer (Veena Naidu), all family and friends that came to support throughout the year as well as the ladies in the canteen led by Robyn and Sue. Sams also paid a special mention to Bill Anderson for again being a rock around the team every week.   He commented "As players we all know how much effort goes into running a club, we greatly appreciate everything you do and it doesn’t go unappreciated"

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2nd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Parramatta @ Coogee Oval  

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Calder, Lyle, Ram, Frith, Mullins (+), Jenkins, Magann, Dellar

Result - Parramatta 10/152 - 47 Overs (Magann 3/15-9, Ram 3/40-10, Jenkins 2/15-100 Defeated By Randwick Petersham 6/156 - 42 Overs (Ram 68n/o, Mahony-Brack 27)

Second Grade were looking to continue their outstanding finish to the season as they searched for a fifth win from six games, as they hosted 13thplaced Parramatta at Coogee Oval. Sitting 6 points behind 6th placed Sydney, we needed a miracle of results to snake into the finals, but could ensure a Top 10 finish with another good performance. Tom Frith and Kushall Ram were included into the side to add some experience to the batting order, whilst Jack Tector would Captain the side in his final game for the Club with the young batsman returning to Ireland on Sunday. 

Once again 2s showed what a strong side they have become post-Christmas with a 4-wicket victory, chasing down Parramatta’s 152 for the loss of 6 wickets, with 8 overs to spare. 

It was a great effort from the bowling attack, with five of our six bowlers being Under 21s and showing what a potent PG’s side we could have in a year or two. Pat Magann (3/15-9) like Greg West has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines, however now fully fit, he has been excellent in the back end of the season, claiming another 3 wickets here, and going for less than 2 runs per over. Mac Jenkins (2/15-10) was full of confidence coming off his First Grade debut, bowling an outstanding 10 overs tying the Two Blues to the crease and picking up two wickets, whilst conceding just 15 runs. Kushall Ram (3/40-10) has proved a strike bowler in First Grade this season and chipped in with three key wickets as he made another big impact on the game. 

With the bat, Tector (18) and Mahony-Brack (27) got the run chase off to a solid start, putting on 44 for the opening wicket before we suffered a collapse of sorts. The Two Blues hit back claiming 4 wickets for 23 runs, as we slumped to 4/67 and the game swung back into the balance. However, all rounder Kushaal Ram (68n/o) had other ideas, coming out full of aggressive intent and blowing away the visitors with some crunching cover drives and lofted shots on his way to an unbeaten 68. Ram was not in the mood to do much running, as he hit four 4s and five massive 6s, with Tom Frith (7n/o) holding firm at the other end to see us through to victory. 

The 6 points gave us an outstanding record for season 2017/18, with 9 victories and just 5 losses with 1 draw. Sometimes 55 point is enough to make the finals, however the cards didn't fall our way and we finished in 10th place, despite winning four more games than we lost. Overall, it was a fabulous season from a very young side that was somewhat written off at the start of the season after a couple of heavy defeats. 

The Second Grade boys would like to say a big thank you to David Holland for all his help this season, as well as a fond farewell to Jack Tector, one of the great imports, who is heading back to Ireland after a fruitful season in Sydney. Tec's final game in NSW Premier Cricket will be remember fondly by his team mates, as he turned up to the field with his whites, a coffee, and no kit. Tec locked his gear inside his house, and proceeded to mix and match the rest of his required gear from the boys. We wish him all the best, and foresee a bright future ahead.

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3rd Grade - Parramatta v Randwick Petersham @ Merrylands Oval

Team – Powell (+), Eldridge, Burton, De Silva, B. Stares (c), Graham, Hodges, McKenzie, Tsalikidis, Loth 

Result - Parramatta 10/261 - 49.5 Overs (McKenzie 4/33-9.5, Loth 4/53-10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/96 - 30 Overs (Hart 31, Burton 26)

Third Grade were well and truly alive heading into their final round clash at Merrylands Oval, with a finals’ place still a possibility with a victory. A great win over Sydney last week had put us in in 7th place, just one point behind 6th placed Sydney. However, there was a mountain to climb with the hosts having a dominant season, sitting pretty at the top of the table, and with the Club itself in contention to win the Club Championship, nothing would come easily. 

Unfortunately it wasn't a happy ending to what has been a great season for Third Grade as we were comprehensively beaten by 165 runs by a strong outfit. The Two Blues batted first and showed their power, posting 261 from their 50 overs, before we were out for just 96 in reply. Despite being found out for less than 100, the boys went down swinging, as we tried desperately to chase down a huge total, rather than simply play for an honourable loss. 

The highlights of the day were our two leading pacemen Tom McKenzie (4/33-9.5) and Doug Loth (4/53-10) being rewarded for their toil, taking 8 of the 10 wickets to fall against a strong batting outfit. There has been no player in hotter form than McKenzie post-Christmas, as the big quick once again ripped out another 4-wicket haul, showing he has been a class above Third Grade batsmen most of the season. Remarkably, McKenzie has now taken 17 wickets in his last four games, including three 4-wicket hauls and one 5-wicket haul. He finishes the Third Grade season with 28 wickets at just 14, and shows he will be ready to rip and tear into higher grades next season. 

With the bat, both Joe Hart (31) and Ashley Burton (26) stemmed the tide of wickets as they threatened to build a partnership that could get us back in the game. However, it wasn't to be, as the hosts were far too strong on the day. Captain Stares was proud of his troops in the post-match, stating that some would use this season as a stepping stone to playing a lot of higher grades. In the absence of a senior player, where we previously had Nigel Singh, John McLaughlin and Rod Stafford, we had a few aim up and take on a leader’s role which will be invaluable in the coming years.

Third Grade can be really proud of their efforts this season, finishing with 8 wins and 6 losses, to finish the season in 8th place on 50 points, just 6 points outside of the finals’ positions. The team came into season 2017/18 with a new Captain, Ben Stares, who did an outstanding job taking over from Rod Stafford. Stares galvanised a fantastic team spirit throughout the season, despite having several young players that had not played much Third Grade before. 

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4th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Parramatta @ Petersham Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Standing, Ahmed (+), Montedoro, Bourke (c), Radford, Stafford,  Fox, Stirling 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/175-49 Overs (Bourke 35, Montedoro 33, Gracias Flor 24, Radford 21) Defeated Parramatta 8/171 - 50 Overs (Radford 3/??, Stafford 1/8-10)

Fourth Grade had all to play for at Petersham Oval on Saturday as they hosted 9th placed Parramatta, as we sat in 6th place with one round remaining. Whilst a victory could be enough to get us into the finals, the fact both Sydney University and Penrith in 7th and 8th positions respectively, playing against sides with nothing to play for, and every chance of picking up a bonus point victory. Returning to boost the side’s chances was powerful young all-rounder Jack Standing, who has been in and out of sides all season.  

In the end it was a day of mixed emotions, with a fantastic last ball victory, slightly dampened by the fact both Sydney University and Penrith picked up bonus points to relegate us to 8th place on quotient. Despite the unsurprising bad news at other venues, it was still a great final ball victory for our boys against a side in Parra who were looking to help their club secure the Club Championship. 

Captain Bourke was desperate to win the toss and bowl, given how much easier it is to claim a bonus point bowling first, however the coin fell the wrong way and we found ourselves batting on a wicket that was well grassed and going to be easier to bat in the afternoon. The boys put up a pretty solid performance to reach 10/175 against a young Parramatta attack who bowled with good pace, with some solid partnerships elevating our score after we had slumped to 4/58. Sav Gracias Flor (23) returned to form, striking the ball well and batting with good intent early in the innings. Ben Montedoro (35) and David Bourke (35) then put on an outstanding partnership to swing the momentum of the game.

In the end the game was a thrilling finish, with the Two Blues enjoying batting once the sun had come out and the wicket flattened out. It came down to the final ball with 4 runs required for victory, with the team holding his nerve to secure us a great victory to finish the season. Luke Radford (3/31-10) and Rod Stafford (1/8-10) both led the way once more with the ball. Stafford, showing his competitive spirit and quality never dies, controlling the innings like few leg spinners could do under pressure. 

Captain Bourke wanted to give a shout out to the Third Grade boys for coming down with a few overs to go, to cheer the lads on, then hang around for beers in the sheds and out on the deck. In the end, despite winning 9 games and losing just 5, and finishing with a big tally of 59 points, we were pushed out of the Top 6 on quotient to finish in 8th spot. It was another great season for 4s, with Captain David Bourke cultivating a great club spirit and bringing through several young players who have improved in leaps and bounds throughout the season. 

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5th Grade - Parramatta v Randwick Petersham @ Castlewood Oval 

Team – Lopes, House (+), Crawford, Papathanasiou, Andonopoulous, Lesson, Stewart (c) Tsalikidis, Kashyap, Sachs, L. O'Laughlin

Result - Parramatta 6/270 - 50 Overs (L O’Loughlin 3/41 -10) Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/79-37 Overs

Fifth Grade were looking to finish a tough season on a high when they headed to Castlewood Oval to take on 4th placed Parramatta. Despite the side having a huge turnover of players this year, they have continued to battle away and produced some more competitive performances post-Christmas, including a victory. John Stewart would take the reins for the second game running, whilst female cricketer Carly Lesson played her third match in Fifth Grade. 

The match didn't turn out as we hoped with the home side running out comfortable 191-run winners, to score a well deserved Top 4 spot. 

With murky skies overhead, we won the toss and elected to bowl with a wet outfield. Whilst the the bowlers applied pressure, things got away from us in the second half of the innings, as Parra reached 6/270 from their 50 overs. 

Liam O'Loughlin was again the pick of the bowlers, bowling a tight line and picking up another 3 wickets. It completes a good season for Liam, who finished the season with 27 wickets, to be the side’s most consistent spinner all season. Carly Leeson was unplayable at times and so was Ed House. 

As per this season, our batsmen struggled to score runs and turn the tide, however the team will definitely improve from all the experiences of this season coming up against good oppositions. At the post-match meeting, all the players were positive and look to turn things around in 2018/19.  

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Metropolitan Cup - Randwick Petersham Gold v Sydney University @ St Pauls 

Team - A Hookey, J Hookey, T Fox, Jastrzab (c+), Sherriff, Richardson, Robertson, Segal, Jedwood, Coombs, Trindall

Result - Randwick Petersham Gold  188 - 43.2 Overs (Trindall 67, T Fox 25) defeated  Sydney University  161 - 32.1 Overs (J Segal 2-21, C Sherriff 2-33)

The Gold's season came somewhat full circle, as they begun and finished with away matches against Sydney University. Thankfully this time there was a much more favourable result, as the Golds held off a spirited but undermanned effort from the students. A bit more dampness had crept into the deck than was anticipated, and batting first proved to be a real challenge. After slumping to 3-17, Tobi Fox (25) led the fight back with another enterprising knock mixed with controlled aggression. Josh Segal (20) then took up fight with similar grit. But at 6-75, things were looking a little grim until Jason 'Tricky' Trindall (67) faced up to his second ball... 

Much of the quaint old English of St Pauls had been lost behind the construction work, and Tricky's second ball was almost lost behind it as well, as he launch into the Sydney Uni leg spinner. But it was not all crash and bash from the big marn, as he worked the singles and twos that were on offer. His innings was interspersed with 8 boundaries and 4 sixes that all cleared the boundary by at least 20 metres. Good thing construction sites mandate hard hats. The fun ended with a good catch on the boundary, after a 51 run stand with Adrian Hookey (20) who made 3 runs in that stand. Adrian got in a few big hits of own, before being the last man out and the score on 188. 

Sydney University then unveiled a few players that might make a splash in lower grades next season, as they rollicked to 110 without loss in 22 overs. Josh Segal (2-21) afforded the much needed breakthrough, as the better of two openers mowed one straight to Tobi Fox at mid-on. Panic seemed to set in, as the number 3 perished swinging for the hills. And just as the other opener unveiled his sledgehammer and took Tricky for a huge over, Corey Sherriff (2-33) returned to show that there wasn't room in town for both of them, thanks to a nerveless steepling catch by Dane Coombs. From there, the rest folded meekly for 161, as the Golds got their spring back to field and bowl with renewed intensity. Coombs (1-23) capped off a good season with the final wicket to go with two catches. The win takes Gold to a 9th placed finish and season where several young players made rapid strides in their development - and an honorable mention to the Sydney University team who played undermanned but with great spirit to make it a close contest. 

Jeremy Jastrzab

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Metropolitan Cup - Randwick Petersham Green v UNSW Black @ Kensington Oval

Team - Coovre (c), Ganesh, Mohan, Genner, Sapariya, W Deller (+), Whalebone, Wanzare, A Bhavsar, Mitchell, C De Silva

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 84- 33.1 Overs (A Bhavsar 17) defeated Eastern Suburbs - 20.2 Overs (A Bhavsar 2-17)

RP lost the toss, and were sent into bat on what looked to be a well-prepared wicket. UNSW Black revelled in the early overcast conditions, consistently bowling a perfect straight seam on a good length. The ball chattered away, finding its way through open gates, the top six all succumbing. Abbie Bhavsar fought bravely with a counter-punching 17, but when he was bowled, the score was 5/47, with 22 of those runs coming from extras. Spin was then introduced, the Green batsmen faring little better save for a 23-run partnership between Genner and Coovre. Genner smote two fours and a six, before creaming one straight to cover, and Coovre also creamed one - straight to short cover. Shortly after we were all out for 84, in 33 overs.

Bhavsar took the new ball, bowling with good pace and carry, getting the Black's veteran opener snicking behind to W. Deller. Chaz then bowled their dangerous number three with a corker, before Bhavsar had the other opener trapped in front, to have Black 3/36 in the seventh. The change bowlers bowled admirably, but batsmen four and five held fast, ticking over the scoreboard, and belting anything remotely loose. Black found the winning runs in the 20th over, defeating us by seven wickets. 

Alexis Coovre

Whit's Wisdom #3 March 2018 - On Finals, Carly Leeson, Mac Jenkins, Sangha & The Tests

Whits Wisdom March 2018

As we progress into the business end of the season and still have a few teams in the mix, I’d like to thank all the players, volunteers, supporters and everybody else involved with the club for all their work this season, and hopefully there are a premiership or two to come in a few weeks time!


On the club’s finals hopes and season in general

The form of the club post-Christmas has been okay, we’ve been unlucky on a few occasions where we could have capitalised and had a few more wins across the grades. Unfortunately, at times we’ve failed to just press home and it’s left us in a position where we still have a couple of grades in the mix, but we really need to win all the games this weekend. Grades 1-4 need to all win and a couple of them need to rely on other results, and that’s never a good position to be in.

The boys have all tried very hard, just a couple of games here and there that we could have won but for whatever reason we didn’t, couple of outrights we were unable to capitalise on. Things like that always play on you at the end of the season and you look back and think “man if we only had of won that game”.

Overall, the boys have been trying very hard and you can’t ask more than that.


On the debut of our first ever female player

With the debut of Carly Leeson in Fifth Grade, she became the first female player to ever represent this joint club or any of our Foundation Clubs. For our club, it was a very historic moment and everybody has seen the growth of not only women’s cricket but women’s sport in recent years. These days you can’t turn the TV on without seeing womens sport – whether it be soccer, rugby 7’s, AFL, rugby league and cricket – and in a lot of these sports, Australia are one of the best (if not THE best). The Australian women’s cricket team continue to go from strength to strength and are dominating teams now, and there are a lot of younger players including Carly making the grade.

Times have changed dramatically, and Carly is the first of many female cricketers we will have at our great club in the not-too-distant future. I think that’s the way the game is going, and as a progressive club we have to lead in any aspect we can and hopefully that means at some stage having a female cricket team in the next few years.

It was a big moment for Carly and our club. She’s done well taking a few poles and bowls really good line and length. Everything I’ve heard about her has been very positive, and I’m very pleased in the way the boys have shown her the utmost respect as all members of our club should.

Carly Leeson

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On the debut of Mac Jenkins in First Grade

Mac Jenkins, the second youngest of all time to debut in First Grade for the Randy Petes. The youngest is of course Jason Sangha, and the third youngest is Usman Khawaja, so he’s nestled in between two Australian representatives and we’d love to see him kick on to that level and make it a hat-trick. He only bowled a dozen or so overs, and bowled quite well, a very tough thing for a 16-year old to do. If you’re at that level you’re either looking for higher honours, or you’re a veteran who’s been there for years and that’s a very tough step for a young kid. From what I heard he handled himself very well and he’s a great prospect for the future.

If Mac is able to keep getting better, keeps his head in the right place and listens to the right people, I know he’s gonna have a big future in the game. Not only with our club, but possible even further like we have seen others do.

Debutants Mac Jenkins and Jamie Hemphrey with "The Whit"

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On the continued progression of Jason Sangha after the U19 World Cup

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the way this young man handled himself and handled the captaincy in the World Cup. The hierarchy appear to be very pleased in the way he goes about his business, as both a batsman and a Captain, so again for Jason just like our other younger guys if he keeps his head and keeps working hard on his game with not too many distractions, he’ll keep moving up.

There’s plenty of people at the club and higher up that are willing to help Jason progress, and in the next year or 18 months, without putting too much pressure on him, he’s probably only a couple of good innings away from a debut for NSW.

On the Australian Test series against South Africa and Steve Smith’s ongoing form

Steven again was amazing in the first innings, he is just such a machine and I’ve never seen anyone play like that – and I’ve been around cricket for a very long time!

There are plenty of keys to victory for the Aussie boys over there, it looks like Mitch Marsh really believes in himself now; his brother Shaun again very gutsy, we haven’t seen the best of him yet and if he can get a start going he will kick on and get really big scores.

It was a game that suited the bowlers and our bowlers was just better than theirs. Starc was phenomenal, Lyon bowled really well without taking too many wickets, and the other two seamers just fire them down at 140km or more, it makes it very difficult for the South African batsmen. Going 1-0 up in the series is a fantastic start, and its turned out to be a bit of a spiteful game both on and off the field, but it’s a tough game at that level and people will do anything they can to get under their opponent’s skin.


Some advice for the players as the season closes and we move in to the 2018/19 season

We all probably need to go away for a month or so, enjoy yourselves and forget about cricket as much as you can. Then its all about starting the process of looking back at your season, and think where you would like to improve. Are you going to seek any advice? Are you going to go on a fitness regime? Eat better and not drink as much? Are you going to set goals for next season?

If you’re a batsman, look at how you got out last year or if you’re a bowler, what the bad parts of your bowling were. Were you drifting down the leg side or were you too short? Was your pace down or were you not fit enough for a 2nd and 3rd spell? Were you getting out LBW or did you knick off too regularly? Were you out six or seven times playing the bouncer and perhaps need to put the pull shot away?

All of those things have to be reviewed if you want to move forward in your cricket career. If you’re happy with how you performed and you want to stay in that same spot, fair enough. If you want to continue to move forward and evolve as a player, you need to look where you can improve – batting, bowling or even fielding if you dropped a few easy catches. Its true what they say, catches win matches so you need to have that sharp as well as the other two aspects in your game.

Moving into the season, we’ve gotta start that training and getting back into the nets. If you need to have an extra net every week, maybe go away with a couple of mates to an indoor centre or your local park and work on things outside of Randwick Petersham training. As always, it is paramount that the pre-season will affect how you perform in the season itself. Plenty of soul searching to be done, and asking yourself how you’re going to go about it and figuring how exactly you’re going to do it.

To my brothers and sisters – as always – TRUST / RESPECT / HUMILITY



From The Pavilion - Round 14, Day 2 v Sydney + Metro

1st to 5th Grade - Round 14 v Sydney (2-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – Georges River & Warringah

The Randy Petes headed into a massive Day 2 of Round 14 against Sydney, with the Top 4 Grades playing for their finals’ lives and several games in the balance. Whilst Second Grade were well on top, First, Third, and Fourth Grades were evenly poised, with both sides looking to further enhance their finals’ prospects.  Not only was it a big round for our finals’ chances, but also a chance to work our way back into the top half of the Club Championship.  Metropolitan Cup were also in action this weekend, so find out below who starred in Round 14 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final rounds. 

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1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Coogee Oval  

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Sangha, Chhibber, D. Sams, Ayre, Eaton, Semple, Ram, Hemphrey, Jenkins 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/303 - 91.2 Overs (A. Sams 64, D. Sams 64, Ayre 61, Eaton 38, Semple 33) Defeated by Sydney 4/306 - 94 Overs (D. Sams 2/42-15)

First Grade returned to our seaside home of Coogee Oval for a big Day 2 of Round 14 with finals’ hopes on the line, after amassing 303 last weekend. Unfortunately, the Tigers batting proved too strong on a frustrating day, as they passed our total for the loss of 4 wickets. Whilst we struggled to make regular breakthroughs, we made the Tigers toil for their runs all day, with their victory only coming in the 94th over and dying embers of the day.

On a very good batting surface at Coogee, and another fine day, it was always going to be hard work to get 10 wickets, with Sydney being one of the more dominant batting sides in the competition. Wickets to Kushal Ram and Sean Eaton had the Tigers at 2/107, and the game in the balance. However a 176-run third wicket partnership took the game completely away from us. Daniel Sams (2/42) picked up a couple of late wickets as we toiled away trying to at least force a draw, and pick up a point, as the Tigers closed in on victory. Spinner Mac Jenkins made a promising debut for such a young player, bowling 12 overs and conceding just 37 runs, in a controlled spell of left arm orthodox. 

We now find themselves outside the Top 6, with just one round remaining, sitting on 44 points, just one point behind sixth placed Gordon, with a log jam of teams still in contention from outside the Top 6 to jump into the finals. Randwick Petersham will have to hope to beat second placed Parramatta at Old Kings Oval, and hope other results fall their way, if they are to force their way into what is sure to be a frenetic final round of the First Grade competition. 

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2nd Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Drummoyne Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Bohannon, Calder, Lyle, Holland (c) Hart, Mullins (+), Magann, Dellar

Result - Sydney 10/112 - 43 Overs (Bohannon 6/35-16.2, Dellar 2/30-11) and 3/177 - 48 Overs (Magann 2/38-13) v Randwick Petersham 5(dec)/277 75.3 Overs (Bohannaon 100n/o) Mahony-Brack 63, Tector 31,)

Second Grade were coming home with a wet sail as they arrived at Drummoyne Oval, trying to pick up outright points after already picking up first innings points with a dominant display last week. Unfortunately, the Tigers prove harder to dislodge in the second innings. However, we still managed a dominant victory on first innings against a side that has won the last couple of Second Grade premierships. 

Resuming 44 runs ahead, we pushed on to quickly rack up an imposing 5/277 before Captain Holland declared the innings closed before lunchtime. With a couple of sessions up our sleeves, all the bowlers pushed hard. However, the Tigers set up their stall, surviving 61 overs, at 3/177 before an early stumps was called. 

It was Josh Bohannon who was the star of the day once again, scoring a brilliant 100 n/o, to mark off a remarkable individual performance in the game. I’m not sure how many times a player has scored 100 and claimed a 5-wicket haul for the Club in one game, however I’m sure Lyall Gardner can tell you! Bohannon picked up where we left off on Day 1, causing carnage and showing he was a class above here, smashing 10 boundaries on the day to bring up his century before we declared. 

In reply, Pat Magann (2/38-13) was the pick of the bowlers, showing he is player to really look at next season, if he can stay fit. Magann bowled with good pace and accuracy to pick up a couple of wickets, conceding less than 3 runs per over from his 13 overs, on a wicket that had flattened out. 

This now makes it three victories on the trot for Second Grade, who have now quietly put together an outstanding season, regularly playing with 8-9 players Under 21 years of age. Captain Holland was delighted by the performance and enjoyed the circuit in Tiger Town afterwards. This side is only going to get better and better and, whilst our finals’ charge might fall short, we are still alive heading into the final round of the season. We are now 6 points behind 6th place Sydney, and a bonus point victory against 13th placed Parramatta could yet deliver the most unlikely of finals berths next weekend at Coogee Oval.

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3rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Petersham Oval  

Team – Powell (+), Eldridge, Burton, De Silva, B. Stares, Graham, Hodges, McKenzie, Tsalikidis, Loth 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/232 - 80 Overs (Powell 73, B. Stares 61n/o, Burton 31) Defeated Sydney 10/183 - 36.1 Overs (McKenzie 5/17-10, Burton 2/43-8, Loth 2/44-10)

Third Grade were desperate to bounce back from three straight narrow losses when they were defending a decent score of 232 at Petersham Oval on Day 2 against 5th placed Sydney.  On what was a great bounce-back day for the boys, the pain of those narrow defeats was washed away with a dominant 49-run victory as we jumped back into the winners’ circle and the finals’ race. 

Doug Loth (2/44-10) was on fire with the new ball early, claiming 2 wickets before the Tigers had put a run on the scoreboard, with Dylan Powell and Corey Graham both snaffling good chances behind the stumps. From there on in it was the Tom McKenzie show (5/17-10) as he simply ripped Balmain to shreds with a sustained spell of outstanding pace bowling.  McKenzie proved far too hostile and aggressive for the victors, claiming 3 wickets with edges, a bowled and another one caught by Nathan Stares, as we picked up a well deserved 5-wicket haul. McKenzie now has 28 wickets at 18 this season, and has stepped up in the absence of Nigel Singh to be the out and out leader of this pace attack. 

It was good to see Ashley Burton (2/43) back among the wickets as hasn't bowled as many overs this season as he did last season. Burton took the new ball here and proved what a versatile player he can be as an all-rounder. Sydney Number 6 Ryan Corns put a spanner in the works, smashing 63 from 33 balls, to briefly turn the tables in the game, before Nathan Stares held his nerve to pick up his wicket which put us firmly back in control. 

The game was fiercely contested and the song was sung loud and proud in the Petersham Oval sheds, as our season roared back to life with one round to go. Captain Stares was delighted with the boys’ aggression in the field, and is happy for them to continue that bond off the field as well to become a tight knit unit. We are now just one point behind Sydney on 50 points, and a victory against Parramatta next week gives us every chance of playing finals’ cricket. Whilst the 1st placed Eels will be a tough assignment at Merrylands, this team has thrived under pressure this season, and will be sure to give it one final red hot crack next weekend. 

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4th Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Birchgrove Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Hilder, Fox, Stirling, 

Result - Sydney 10/198 - 83.4 Overs - (Stafford 4/71-32, Radford 3/56-21.4, Montedoro 1/25-15 Defeated Randwick Petersham 10/132 (Stafford 41, Ahmed 32, Fox 16)

Fourth Grade were looking to make it three wins on the bounce and cement their finals’ positions, as they had the prospect of chasing down a middle of the road score at Birchgrove Oval on Day 2. However, Day 2 wasn't to be our days, as the Tigers ran out 66-run victors as our batting failed to fire. 

The Tigers, unsurprisingly, decided to bat on in the morning, adding another 6 runs with Luke Radford (3/57-21) picking up a deserved last couple of wickets, to add  to his tally for all his work last week in the hot sun. The Tigers came out roaring with the ball, and we were reduced to 4/10 early, with the new ball doing a huge amount of damage. Rocky Ahmed (32) remained calm and composed through the carnage, and put together a little partnership with the Captain David Bourke as we tried to revive the innings. However, the departure of both players triggered another collapse. 

Luke Radford (17) and Rod Stafford (41) were our big guns in the middle order and both made promising starts as we threatened to wrestle the momentum back. Stafford was particularly savage as he belted a number of boundaries to make his way to 41, before falling to a catch on the long-on boundary, just as he was threatening to play another match winning innings. Matt Hilder did an admirable job hanging around with Stafford, while Hayden Fox (16) played a busy innings. However the final wicket fell just after tea as we fell short. 

The boys’ loss dropped them from 4th to 6th on what is another congested ladder heading into the final round. We remain 1 point ahead of 7th and 8th teams on the ladder, and a victory next weekend at Petersham Oval against 9th placed Parramatta will go a long way towards securing a finals’ berth. The boys have played great cricket all year at Petersham and will be fired up to make amends for last week’s loss with so much at stake.  

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5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Kensington Oval 

Team – Sapariya, Lopes, House (+), Crawford, Andonopoulous, Bowen, Sherriff, Stewart (c), L. O'Loughlin, Kashyap, Sachs

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/103-48.1 Overs (F. Bowen 25, House 24) and 7/55 - 30 overs (Ange 11) Defeated by Sydney 10/107 - 69 Overs (L. O’Loughlin 4/34-23, Lesson 2/12-6)

Fifth Grade were soldiering on in their season, looking for a second win after a grinding first day against Sydney saw the visitors plodding on 2/32 from 29 overs, chasing our moderate 103 runs. Despite a great effort from our boys in the field we fell narrowly short, with Sydney sneaking home for first innings points for the loss of 8 wickets. 

We picked up a wicket straight away on Day 2 with Oscar Sachs taking out the Sydney Number 3 batsman to make the score 3/33 and have the team jumping about. However a 43 run 4th wicket partnership looked to have taken the game right away from us, with Sydney only requiring 30 runs with still 7 wickets in hand. 

However, the game then took a wild turn, with 4 wickets falling for 15 runs, as the Tigers slumped to 7/89, with off spinner Liam O’Laughlin (4/34-23) running amok. O'Laughlin has been the mainstay of the team this year, doing a great job throughout the season with his off breaks. Here he put in his best spell of the season, taking 4 wickets in an amazing 23-over spell, where he conceded less than 1.5 runs per over and ripped the heart out of the Tigers’ middle order. Female cricketer Carly Lesson (2/2-6) was back for a second game with us, and showcased her all-round skills, picking up two key wickets and keeping things tight in combination with LJ.

Sadly, despite picking up our 8th wicket with the score on 100, the Tigers got the remaining 4 runs with some slices of luck before sending us back into bat. Captain Stewart was delighted by the side’s fight so late in the season and praised the side’s bowlers who bowled a great line and length all day. The team finished the day on 7/55 from 30 overs, as the Tigers tried to force an outright result in a game dominated by the bowlers. The result leaves us on 8 points and on the bottom of the ladder with one round remaining. However, a victory next weekend could see us leapfrog 19th placed Northern Districts, so I'm sure everyone will be putting in as we travel away to play 4th placed Parramatta on our final match of the season. 

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval

Team - Jastrzab (C), Jedwood (+), Segal, Coombs, J Hookey, A Hookey, Trindall, T Fox, Chaudhary, Robertson, F Whalebone

Result - Warringah 8-276 (dec) - 69 Overs (Chaudhary 3-45, Whalebone 2-45) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 111 - 54.2 overs (J Hookey 22*, Chaudhary 22) & 7-147 - 32 Overs (N Jedwood 63*, J Trindall 27, T Fox 26)

Returning to another belter of a pitch up the Northern Beaches, the Golds fancied their chances of getting the runs in sultry conditions. But alas, despite plenty of fight, the first innings simply didn't go our way. Warringah's young speedster got a few to lift off a length, surprising players brought up on dead Snape and Kensington pitches. Tobi Fox (11) battled and ran hard but perilously miss a ball as it rolled back on it stumps. Raj Chaudhary (22) looked in good touch before being controversially caught, while Jarrod Hookey (22*) was left stranded just about as he was looking to launch. The Golds eventually subsided for Nelson 111, and with 32 overs, 165 runs in the bank and the need for points, Warringah sent us back in. 

The second innings took a much more positive tempo, as Jason 'Tricky' Trindall (27) belted the quicks out of the attack before succumbing to an excellently judged catch on the boundary. Tobi Fox (26) look ominous as well by hitting the spinners off their length, before being stumped and leaving the score at a breakneck 3-77 after 11 overs. The youngsters squandered their chance for time in the middle, to collapse to 7-108 after 17 overs, with 15 still to play out. Among the wreckage, Noah Jedwood (63*) took responsibility with both hands and played the innings that he'd threatened since joining the club. Playing with astute and patient defense while putting away the trash balls, along with skipper Jez (9*), they saw off the remaining overs without any more blips to save the outright defeat. 

Jeremy Jastrzab

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River @ Bland Oval

Team - Coovre (c), Grogan, Ganesh, Genner, A Bhavsar, Z Bhavsar, W Deller (+), C De Silva, R Sachs, Wanzare, Mohan 

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 110 - 36 Overs (A Bhavsar 33, R Sachs 23) & 158 - 38.3 Overs (B Mohan 45, E Grogan 42, R Sachs 30) defeated by Georges River 6-222 (dec) - 39 Overs (A Bhavsar 2-31, C De Silva 2-38) & 1-55 - 8 overs

RP Green returned to Bland Oval, sunny skies, and a harder and flatter deck awaiting them. Presently Georges River were 15 runs in front, and five wickets down, clearly looking to extend their lead. Abbie Bhavsar bustled-in picking up the dangerous number seven batsman, caught at mid-off, on the fourth ball of the day. But that would be the only wicket the Greens would take, as Georges River aggressively targeted the straight boundaries, with a view to declaring. And indeed the declaration came - exactly 97-runs later, giving the Greens a 112-run deficit.

To their credit the Green batsmen batted a whole lot better this time, Emmanuel Grogan (in for Wanzare), and the evergreen Mike Deller (in for Brandy) added to the line-up. Born only days apart, and growing-up playing cricket together, Grogan and Reuben Sachs opened the second innings, quickly dazzling the Rivers with their polished act of timing, placement, and exuberant running between wickets. The pair began to up the ante, Sachs' last five scoring shots making it to the fence, Grogan going over the fence on his penultimate scoring shot. But they say that nothing lasts, and in the 14th over their fairytale opening stand was ended when Sachs was caught off the bowling of their left-arm ortho for a tidy 30. Two runs later Grogan was the next man to go, caught off the bowling of the right-arm offie for a dazzling 42.

Abbie Bhavsar chipped-in with a brisk 18, but eventually fell to the offie, who was landing them on a length and giving them a good rip. The spinners hunted as a pack, running through the middle order who all failed to get to double figures, save for a masterclass by Bala Mohan batting at number five. In his knock of 45, the recently-become father got up and under the spinners launching six sixes and two fours, showing that the pitch was indeed a good one. He was well-supported by Coovre (10*), who got off the mark with a six down the ground, but the former ran out of luck smashing one back to the offie, who caught it a-la Nathan Lyon. Charith was cleaned-up by the offie, trying to emulate Mohan - the Greens all out for 158, giving the Rivers a target of 47 runs, in 21 overs, for outright victory.

For the great defence, Josh Genner opened the bowling with his left-arm Chinamans, picking up a wicket in his third over, a catch being taken at mid-on. But Georges River could afford to be aggressive, and indeed they were, taking on the Green bowlers with freedom, tracking down the pint-sized total in the eighth over. 

Alexis Coovre

From The Pavilion - Round 14, Day 1 v Sydney + Metro

Match Reports

1st to 5th Grade - Round 14 v Sydney (2-Day Matches) 

Metropolitan Cup – Warringah & Georges River

The Randy Petes headed into a massive Day 1 of Round 14 against Sydney, with the Top 4 Grades playing for their finals’ lives. Whilst 1s, 2s and 3s were just outside the Top 6, 4th Grade would be looking to cement their spot in 4th position. Sydney have been a strong and dominant Club the past few years, and were sitting in third place in the Club Championship, with their top three Grades sitting in 5th spot, and their 4th Grade side nipping at our heels in 7th.  With another three or four victories like against Saints the club would be able to climb back into the Top 10 in the Club Championship, from our current 11th position in a very bunched middle of the Club Championship.  Metropolitan Cup were also in action this weekend so find out below who starred in Round 14 with bat and ball, with the competition entering its final rounds. 

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1st Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Coogee Oval  

Team - A. Sams (c+), Everett, Sangha, Chhibber, D. Sams, Ayre, Eaton, Semple, Ram, Hemphrey, Jenkins 

Result – Randwick Petersham 10/303 - 91.2 Overs (A. Sams 64, D. Sams 64, Ayre 61, Eaton 38, Semple 33 v Sydney 0/2-2 Overs

First Grade returned to our seaside home of Coogee Oval for a massive Round 14 with finals’ hopes on the line. With Sydney sitting in 5th place on 46 points, and us on 44 points in 8th spot, the winner would have every chance of entering the final round of the competition inside the all important Top 6. The game was given further significance with the First Grade debut of two players who had excelled in Second Grade this season. Jamie Hemphrey was rewarded for an outstanding season, including a match winning performance with bat and ball last week, whilst 16-year-old Mac Jenkins became one of youngest ever debutants, with the talented left arm spinner having played a T20 game in First Grade earlier this season. 

Captain Sams was delighted to finally win a toss on a typically good Coogee Oval surface however the outfield was on the low side. We were in some early bother at 3/51, before brothers Anthony Sams (64) and Daniel Sams (64) put together 80 runs for the 4th wicket. Daniel Sams was particularly dominant, scoring his 64 from just 64 balls including three 6s.  Riley Ayre (61) played a more grinding sort of innings, facing 161 balls for 61, before our three wickets fell for just 7 runs, as the Tigers fought back late in the day. 

One of the strengths of our First Grade side has always been the quality in depth in our batting line up, and that was on show again here as we managed to rally from 5/161 to eventually post over 300. That was largely thanks to both Sean Eaton (38) and Adam Semple (33) with 6th and 7th wicket partnership of over 50 frustrating the visitors.. Both Eaton and Semple played responsible innings to keep the Tigers in the field practically all day. 

Captain Sams was happy with the sides commitment with the bat and only frustrated that no one went on to make a really big score. In the end, the visitors had to survive two overs to go to stumps requiring 302 runs for victory in a pivotal day of the season. Our attack will be led by the experience of Daniel Sams and Adam Semple, whilst it will be great to see both Hemphrey and Jenkins try and make an impact on debut with all to play for next week.

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2nd Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Drummoyne Oval 

Team – Mahony-Brack, Tector, James, Bohannon, Calder, Lyle, Holland (c) Hart, Mullins (+), Magann, Dellar

Result - Sydney 10/112 - 43 Overs (Bohannon 6/35-16.2, Dellar 2/30-11) v Randwick Petersham 4/155 - 50 Overs (Mahony-Brack 63, Tector 31, Bohannon 29n/o, Calder 21)

Second Grade were coming home with a wet sail as they arrived at Drummoyne Oval to take on the Tigers in another game with finals’ implications. The boys outstanding victory last week now has us within 8 points of the Top 6, and an outside chance of playing finals’ cricket. With Josh Bohannon soon returning to England after a successful stint with our Club, he was back to boost the side’s experience as a quality all-rounder. 

It proved another outstanding day, with the boys not only already claiming first innings points, but well on the way to 10 points after a dominant display against the Tigers on Day 1. Despite the Tigers winning the toss and electing to bat, we skittled the hosts for just 112, before rattling off 4/155 in just 40 overs to go to stumps with a 43-run lead and still six wickets in hand. 

The Tigers were under pressure right from the get go with youngster Alex Dellar (2/30-12) showing no signs of nerves in just his second match in 2s. Dellar has a huge future ahead of him, having been thrown in the deep end here and bowling outstandingly well against quality players in both games. It was Josh Bohannon who caused carnage, showing he was a class above here, ripping through the Tigers’ top and middle order to claim a memorable 6-wicket haul. Captain Holland mentioned that they tied the batsmen up from the outset, and maintained that pressure all the way through. A combination of good bowling in pairs, great pressure in the field, and solid seam bowling gave us all 10 wickets. Sydney have won a couple of Second Grade Premierships of late, and have a very strong and experienced team, so it was an outstanding effort from our two seamers and the whole fielding unit. 

In reply, the boys got off to a solid enough start with Jack Tector (33) looking in good touch, as Sydney looked to make a few early inroads. However, it was James Mahony-Bracks (64) who really took the game away from the hosts with a blistering half-century. Mahony-Bracks’ 64 was scored in quick time, displaying some typically class shots and ability to clear the field with ease. Mahony-Bracks now has 300 runs in Second Grade, and if he can convert some of his half-centuries he will be knocking on the door of First Grade very shortly. Matt Calder (21) played a nice counter-attacking role, whilst Josh Bohannon (29n/o) completed a great day personally by remaining not out over night. 

Next weekend it will be interesting to see the approach of both sides, with our boys desperate to push on and bowl the Tigers out again. Sydney don't often have two bad days in a row in Second Grade, so Tom Holland’s men will have to apply the same intensity and quality in Week 2 at Drummoyne if they want to claim the 10 points which could see them in the Top 6 by the end of this round. 

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3rd Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Petersham Oval  

Team – Powell (+), Eldridge, Burton, De Silva, B. Stares, Graham, Hodges, McKenzie, Tsalikidis, Loth 

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/232 - 80 Overs (Powell 73, B. Stares 61n/o, Burton 31) v Sydney

Third Grade were desperate to bounce back from three straight narrow losses when they hosted fifth placed Sydney back at Petersham Oval. Ben Stares was back to take the reins after missing one of the two weeks of the Saints’ game, with John McLoughlin doing a great job filling in. Both Lachlan Hodges and Kyri Tsalikidis were handed games from 5th Grade with the side experiencing a couple of late changes. 

On a topsy-turvy day, we managed a very competitive score of 232, having batted for the full 80 overs and making the Tigers toil in the field. At 1/100 we looked on track for a score of 250 plus, however Sydney struck as we lost 4/28 to slump to 5/129, before a middle and late order rally saw us bat out the final session. Once again, it was opening batsman Dylan Powell (73) who led the way with another fabulous innings from a player growing in stature by the week. Powell plundered 12 boundaries, however batted with a nice even tempo.  Powell has now scored three half-centuries in his last three innings, and has become a reliable and consistent performer in a clutch part of the season. 

Powell was well supported by Ashley Burton (31) who took on the key Number 3 role, and played an anchor role in a partnership of 72 with Powell, as the boys dominated the first session before tea. However Burton’s dismissal sparked a collapse, as both established batsmen were dismissed. Captain Ben Stares (61n/o) played a real skipper’s knock here, as wickets fell around him under pressure. Stares usually likes to plunder attacks, however he was sedate here, grafting over 100 balls and putting the bad ball away.

Both Nathan Stares and Lachlan Hodges played maturely to support their skipper, as a couple of handy partnerships saw our total go well beyond 200. Captain Stares was happy with the grit showed by the lower order, and mentioned that the last wicket fell with a controversial catch on the boundary that will definitely fire the boys up next week as we look to rip through Sydney. It really is all to play for with the Tigers needing a win to stay in the Top 6, and our boys needing the win to stay in finals’ contention. 

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4th Grade - Sydney v Randwick Petersham @ Birchgrove Oval 

Team - Gracias Flor, Murdita, Ahmed (+), Frith, Montedoro, Radford, Bourke (c), Stafford, Hilder, Fox, Sterling, 

Result - St. George 18/192 - 81 Overs - Stafford 4/71-31, Montedoro 1/25-15 v Randwick Petersham

Fourth Grade were looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce and cement their finals’ positions as they travelled to the picturesque Birchgrove Oval to take on 7th placed Sydney. With the competition so evenly congested, the Tigers were just 3 point below us, and capable of jumping us on the ladder with a victory. Captain Bourke was able to name a relatively unchanged line-up, with veteran Matt Hilder returning to the side to bolster our middle order.  Rod Stafford was fit and raring to bowl and the side had an air of confidence and strength about it. 

On a really attritional day’s cricket, honours were fairly even after Day 1, with the Tigers grinding out a score of 8/192 from 81 overs after being sent in to bat. The game was very keenly contested, with neither team prepared to give an inch, which led to some fairly dour cricket on the host’s part, however some gutsy batting at the same time. 

With the wicket being green, and in steamy conditions, Captain Bourke was hoping for early breakthroughs after skittling Saints for 59 last week. However, Sydney managed to ride their luck to get to 2/80 around tea time, with the wicket starting to play better. However, Rod Stafford (4/71-32) like he has so many times in the past, was called upon for a marathon spell and he delivered once more. Stafford, coming off a finger injury, managed to roll out 32 overs straight either side of tea, as he showed the quality and control that has been a feature of his wicket-taking heroics over the years. Fellow spinner Ben Montedoro (1/25-15) played a nice support role, going at less than 2 runs per over, as our spinners bowled 47 overs between them and really didn't allow any loose boundary balls. 

At 7/160 we had visions of wrapping up the Sydney innings before stumps, however they hung tough to go to stumps 8 down, which leads to an interesting scenario early next week. Will the Tigers declare and show the initiative with them needing a victory to get into the Top 6, or will they choose to bat on and try and add more runs, lessening the overs they have to bowl our boys out? Whatever the case, the game is evenly poised and our guys will be confident of wrapping up a third straight victory if we can bat anywhere between 65-70 overs. 

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5th Grade - Randwick Petersham v Sydney @ Kensington Oval 

Team – Sapariya, Lopes, House (+), Crawford, Andonopoulous, Bowen, Sherriff, Stewart (c), L. O'Laughlin, Kashyap, Sachs

Result - Randwick Petersham 10/103-48.1 Overs (F.Bowen 25, House 24_ v Sydney 2/32-29 Overs (c.Sherrif 1/5-5)

Fifth Grade  were soldiering on in their season, looking for a second win after narrowly going down on Saturday at Harold Fraser Oval after pushing St. George all the way in pursuit of first innings points. Despite the loss, it was another very competitive performance in what has been a good stretch of cricket from Fifth Grade after Christmas. Back at Kensington Oval to take on Sydney, the side was under new leadership once again, with great Clubman John Stewart coming in to captain the side. 

After Day 1, Sydney are on top, however our boys have put up a mighty fight despite being bowled out for just 103. With 29 overs remaining until stumps, many would have expected the Tigers to push on to try and claim first innings points on the day. However, our bowlers were sensational, allowing just 32 runs, and picking up a couple of wickets to keep our hopes of victory well and truly alive. 

Captain Stewart mentioned that the fielding was superb, with O'Loughlin taking one of the most nonchalant catches at gully, leaving the batsman stunned. Earlier in the day, after winning the toss and batting, we took advantage of a wicket that Captain Stewart thought would become harder to bat on later in the day (and it did). The Boys got off to a strong start to be 2/50, before losing 5/5. This brought debutants Fergus Bowen (25) and Corey Sherriff (10) together to resurrect the innings, which they did, with aggressive running, power hitting and strong defence, to get us to tea with two wickets in the sheds. Fergus also hit a monstrous six, which deflated the Sydney attack.

Ed House (24) showed his experience, doing a good job to accumulate runs and occupy the crease on a wicket that was slow and hard to score. Next weekend, if we can apply the same pressure with the ball, anything is possible, with lower orders in 5th Grade not the most reliable under pressure. 

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Gold v Warringah @ Mike Pawley Oval

Team - Jastrzab (C), Jedwood (+), Segal, Coombs, J Hookey, A Hookey, Trindall, T Fox, Chaudhary, Robertson, F Whalebone

Result - Warringah 8-276 (dec) - 69 Overs (Chaudhary 3-45, Whalebone 2-45) v Randwick Petersham Gold 2-16 - 9 Overs

Gold hit the road again, but for the first time towards the Northern Beaches, where a green but rock-hard track awaited the victor of the toss. After losing the toss and being sent into bowl in sultry conditions, the pitch's colour betrayed a true bounce and little lateral movement. But that didn't stop Dane Coombs running  in for the first time with the new ball gained impressive carry and worked up an impressive head of steam. Losing opening strike bowler Joel Robertson to a bung shoulder, the Gold bowlers were forced to toil against the patient and opportunistic openers. Freddy Whalebone (2-45) and Tobi Fox (1-45) each took a wicket around the 100 mark to finally get the Golds into the wicket tally. The Warringah 3 and 4 ensured their ascendancy to take them to 2-155 at tea. 

The toil continued as Warringah were gunning 300+ at 2-198 before Raj Chaudhary (3-45) finally got just rewards for a marathon spell of stump-to-stump bowling. Josh Segal (1-36) got their aggressor on the stroke of drinks, while Freddy chipped in with one more wicket. A lazy run-out capped off an impressive keeping performance for Noah Jedwood, and Warringah decided that 8-276 would have to suffice. It was an impressive comeback in oppressive conditions but could have been so much better had all the catches been held. The openers started positively, but a contentious caught behind and misjudgement had them back in the shed before the end of the day's play. But with a number of promising youngsters, grizzled veterans and batting friendly conditions to come, those 260 runs aren't as far away as they seem. 

Jeremy Jastrzab

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Metropolitan Cup – Randwick Petersham Green v Georges River @ Bland Oval

Team - Coovre (c), Geraghty, Ganesh, Genner, O Sachs, Brandy, W Deller (+), C De Silva, R Sachs, Narvel, Mohan, Sapariya

Result - Randwick Petersham Green 110 - 36 Overs (A Bhavsar 33, R Sachs 23) v Georges River 5-126 - 23.1 Overs (C De Silva 2-38)

RP Green won the toss and elected to bat on a well-prepared, but slightly soft Bland Oval wicket. Openers, Will Deller and Yogesh Wanzare, were solid in defence against tight opening bowling. But when Wanzare fell, feathering one behind, a couple more wickets fell to have us 3/14 in the eleventh over. Abbie Bhavsar (33), back in the side after a break, counter-attacked, hitting two fours and two superlative sixes in quick time, to get the scorecard moving. He was well supported by Bala Mohan (16), who timed three fours, and ran hard between the wickets. But Bhavsar's fine knock was over when he was bowled by a shooter, and Mohan was caught behind tickling one down the leg-side.

Reuben Sachs (23), batting at six, looked assured, timing the ball to the boundary four times, and looked set for more, before he was bowled for 23. Numbers seven and eight came and went without troubling the scorers, but Max Brandy (13) was up for a fight, smashing two sixes down the ground, before giving the bowler an easy caught and bowled. Charith DeSilva got out in a similar fashion, leaving Zank Bhavsar (3*), brother of Abbie, to turn off the lights - the Greens all-out for 110.

Abbie Bhavsar took the new ball, and on the third ball had the number one batsman's off-stump cartwheeling out of the ground. A 41-run partnership then occurred, before Chaz De Silva, with his miserly meds had numbers two and four caught by Will Deller at gully, to be on a hat-trick. There was another partnership of 38 before Wanzare, bowling with good rhythm at first change, had their stylish number three caught behind. Z. Bhavsar, with his right-arm meds, then came-on, getting the attacking number six caught at mid-off, to have the Rivers 5-95 in the 21st over. The opposition then went past our total of 110, and put on another 31-runs for the sixth wicket before the Grey matter coming from the Hills District opened-up, and put paid to any more play in the day.

Alexis Coovre


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